REPORT: Republicans respond to Trump’s national emergency declaration
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President Trump’s national emergency declaration to free up more funds to build his border wall is dividing Republican lawmakers. Although Mr. Trump signed a bill Friday to keep the government funded, he was dissatisfied with the $1.375 billion allocated by Congress for the president’s southern border wall, which fell substantially short of the $5.7 billion he requested.
Although Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that he would support Mr. Trump’s national emergency declaration, other Republicans worry that such a broad use of presidential power is not constitutional and could set a dangerous precedent for future Democratic presidents.
The article goes on to state the following:
Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander released a lengthy statement calling the declaration “unnecessary, unwise and inconsistent with the U.S. Constitution” — “unnecessary” because Congress had appropriated funds for border security, “unwise” because future presidents could misuse the power, and “inconsistent” with the Constitution because only Congress is bestowed with the power to tax and spend the people’s money.
Lindsey Graham: “This is a tremendous presidential overreach. I will try to defund the effort by him to go to it alone…” pic.twitter.com/8kuy23hj7x
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) February 15, 2019
My statement on reports President Trump will declare a national emergency to fund more border walls: pic.twitter.com/fTDgKkRDd6
— Sen. Susan Collins (@SenatorCollins) February 14, 2019
I, too, want stronger border security, including a wall in some areas. But how we do things matters. Over 1,000 pages dropped in the middle of the night and extraconstitutional executive actions are wrong, no matter which party does them.
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) February 14, 2019
“Today’s national emergency is border security,” Sen. Marc Rubio said. “But a future president may use this exact same tactic to impose the Green New Deal.” https://t.co/NOIDSTmgRH
— E&E News (@EENewsUpdates) February 15, 2019
Alexander Statement on National Emergency Announcement
Posted on February 15, 2019
MARYVILLE, Tenn., February 15, 2019 – United States Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after President Trump announced a national emergency on the Southern border:
“The president has made a strong case for increased border security, but declaring a national emergency is unnecessary, unwise and inconsistent with the U.S. Constitution. It is unnecessary because significant additional money already has been approved by Congress that he could spend on border security without declaring a national emergency. In fact, the president announced today that he would spend $3 billion of this additional funding to fund construction of the border wall. This $3 billion is in addition to the $22 billion Congress appropriated on Thursday for detention beds, technology, border patrol agents, ports of entry, replacing existing wall and 55 miles of new wall.
“It is unwise because if this president can declare a national emergency to build a wall, the next president can declare a national emergency to tear it down; or declare a climate change emergency to close coal plants and build wind turbines; or a health care emergency and force into Medicare the 180 million Americans with health insurance on the job.
“It is inconsistent with the U.S. Constitution because, after the American Revolution against a king, our founders chose not to create a chief executive with the power to tax the people and spend their money any way he chooses. The Constitution gives that authority exclusively to a Congress elected by the people.”
Alexander voted yesterday for legislation that Congress passed and the president will sign that made a “significant down payment on border security.” That new law included $22 billion for border security, which includes 55 new miles of physical barrier or wall on the southern border, an increase of 5,000 detention beds, funding for technology and more border agents and funding to secure the ports of entry, through which so much of the illegal drug traffic travels.
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